Enjoy a homemade cereal topped donut

Strawberry Cereal Topped Donuts Recipe

December 5, 2016 by Michelle

This shop sharing my cereal topped donuts recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SingWithPost #CerealAnytime #CollectiveBias

Plate of strawberry cereal topped donuts

With my kids, I tend to hear the same refrain over and over. It’s usually one of two things. “Mom, what’s for (insert next meal here)?” and “Mom, can we see a movie tonight?” Note that they ask me and not their father. They know I’m the one with the answers. Weekends provide the most fun since they want more unique meals and we have more time for movies.

We have seen several great movies in the theaters lately, and we always check out previews to determine what else we want to see. The next one on our list? Sing. The wee ones are counting down the days until we can go see it, and I am, too! This past weekend, I decided to combine their desire to see this movie with their love of unique meals, and that’s where these cereal topped donuts were born.

Enjoy homemade cereal topped baked donuts

I hit upon the idea for cereal topped donuts when I was at Walmart picking up some cereal for the “regular” weekday breakfasts for them. Ever since we had the Honey Bunches of Oats breakfast at Universal Studios, that’s been their favorite cereal, and honestly, I can’t blame them. I had planned to just pick up one box, but when I saw the Sing movie promotion on the boxes, I ended up picking up all three of their favorites – Honey Bunches of Oats StrawberryHoney Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted, and Honey Bunches of Oats Almond.

Honey Bunches of Oats at Walmart

Why? There’s a sweet (pun intended) offer on select Post products, and I found these special boxes with new packaging that incorporates the new SING movie. Through information on the cereal boxes, I (ok, you, too) can enter the SING National Sweepstakes for a chance to win $100,000 or free movie tickets. I’m all over that, and all I have to do is enter codes that are printed inside the specially-marked boxes into the sweepstakes website. Ergo, three boxes of cereal because three chances of winning are better than one!

Post honey bunches of oats sing movie sweepstakes

Once I got home, I started thinking about how I could take their favorite cereal and do something fun with it over the weekend. Little Miss adores donuts. In fact, I bought her full size donut pans for her birthday this year because she was so sad that I always made mini donuts. (Me? I think they’re cuter and more fun – really, these sprinkle donuts? How do you go wrong? Baked lemon donuts? YUM!)

I adapted my cake donut recipe slightly so that I could make these cereal topped donuts even more tender like bakery style donuts, and the cornstarch? That was the winner. Ok, using the inspiration from the Honey Bunches of Oats Strawberry and including extra freeze dried strawberries in the donut and its glaze? That pretty much solidified these cereal topped donuts as their new “must have” weekend breakfast.

Enjoy a homemade cereal topped donut

Check out other fun cereal inspired recipes here or the Pinterest board if you’re a pin-lover like me!.

How to Make Cereal Topped Donuts

Perfect homemade strawberry cereal topped donuts

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease donut pans. This makes 12 large and 6-9 mini donuts, or you can stick with 15 full size donuts.

In your bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and 1/2 cup of chopped freeze dried strawberries.

In a separate bowl, add buttermilk, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs. Whisk until thoroughly incorporated, then add to dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. You want some lumps; don’t overmix these!

Pro tip: Place a gallon zip top bag over a small bowl and fold over the outside of the bowl. This makes it easier to add the batter to the bag for piping into your donut pans. No mess anywhere! Then just close up the zip top bag without much extra air, and snip off a quarter inch from the corner.

Use a bowl to hold zip top bag to fill before piping

Pipe the batter into your donut pans, but don’t overfill them.

Pipe batter into donut pan

Bake in your 425 degree oven for 9-11 minutes, until they spring back when you touch them. Let cool in the donut pans for a few minutes, then move to cooling racks to finish cooling.

Baked strawberry cake donuts

While donuts are baking, mix up your glaze. Completely pulverize to a powder another 1/4 cup of freeze dried strawberries, then place in a small bowl with powdered sugar and stir to mix. Add the last 1 teaspoon vanilla and the milk. Stir until mixed, adding a touch more milk to thin the glaze if needed.

In a separate bowl, add the Honey Bunches of Oats Strawberry cereal. Find the full size strawberry pieces, and break them into 3 or 4 pieces each to make it easier to eat the donut.

Prep cereal for topping

Once donuts are cool, dip in the strawberry glaze and twist as you remove them.

Dip donuts and twist from glaze to remove

Pop them in the cereal for a last topping, and let them dry.

Dip glazed donut into cereal

 

Pro tip: Serve the same day, or the cereal will absorb moisture from the strawberry glaze. Optionally, you can make the donuts ahead of time and freeze or store for a day on the counter in a sealed container, then glaze and dip later. Voila, strawberry cereal topped donuts!

Perfect dozen cereal topped baked donuts

Have you ever had cereal topped donuts? What’s your favorite donut?

Strawberry Cereal Topped Donuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 15 donuts

Strawberry Cereal Topped Donuts

These delicious cereal topped donuts are easy to make and a crowd pleaser. The strawberry in the donut, glaze, and topping make them delicious and fun to eat.

Ingredients

    For the donuts:
  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 c freeze dried strawberries, chopped
  • 1 1/2 T cornstarch
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/8 t nutmeg
  • 3/4 c buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T butter, melted
  • 1 t vanilla
  • For the topping:
  • 1 3/4 c powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c freeze dried strawberries, pulverized
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 T milk
  • 2 c Honey Bunches of Oats Strawberry

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease donut pans.
  2. In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and 1/2 cup of chopped freeze dried strawberries.
  3. In a separate bowl, add buttermilk, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and eggs. Whisk until thoroughly incorporated, then add to dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated.
  4. Add batter to piping bag and snip the corner. Pipe the batter into your donut pans, being sure to not overfill them.
  5. Bake in 425 degree oven for 9-11 minutes, until they spring back whentouched. Let cool in the donut pans for a few minutes, then move to cooling racks to finish cooling.
  6. While donuts are baking, mix up the glaze. Pulverize to a powder 1/4 cup of freeze dried strawberries. Place in a small bowl with powdered sugar and stir to mix. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and milk. Stir until mixed.
  7. In a separate bowl, add the Honey Bunches of Oats Strawberry cereal. Find the full size strawberry pieces and break them into 3 or 4 pieces each. Once donuts are cool, dip in the strawberry glaze and twist as you remove them.
  8. Pop them in the cereal for a last topping, and let dry. Serve the same day so the cereal will stays crisp.

Notes

Store on the counter in a tightly sealed container. If you won't eat all donuts the same day, freeze extra donuts before glazing and adding the cereal topping. Store extra glaze tightly sealed in the fridge and let donuts thaw overnight, then glaze and top just prior to eating so the cereal don't absorb moisture from the glaze.

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These homemade strawberry cereal topped donuts are easy to make and healthier than fried. From scratch baked donuts recipes are easy to follow and are a perfect weekend breakfast treat. Get creative with your toppings and enjoy cereal anytime!

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